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Essential Training

This day and a half professional development event is designed for postdoctoral scholars at the beginning of their training to understand their role as a postdoc and to help them succeed during their training at UC San Diego and beyond. This event will be offered twice per calendar year in late January and July.

Day 1: Who are you?

EPIC Bootcamp.  Your summit to success.

At the end of Day 1, postdoctoral scholars will be able to:

  • Identify roles and responsibilities of being a UC San Diego postdoc
  • Access UC San Diego resources available
  • Communicate research with a clear and concise message
  • Assess personality type and distinguish those of others
  • Recognize and interrupt implicit bias
  • Explore career options through networking opportunities, such as informational interviews

Day 2: What are you doing here?

At the end of Day 2, postdoctoral scholars will be able to:

  • Clarify transferrable skills
  • Create and assess structured short term and long goals
  • Determine a course of action for a successful postdoctoral experience
  • Evaluate course of action with peers and faculty members


Next event

July 25-26, 2019 in the Medical Education and Telemedicine Building (MET)


Registration Required: EPIC Bootcamp (Only UC San Diego postdoctoral scholar title codes are eligible).

Registration Fee: $125 payment only accepted via recharge. An index number will be required to complete your registration. Registration includes lunch both days and breakfast on Friday, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment and StrengthsFinder 2.0 book.

If you are unable to attend due to limited professional development funds, please contact Heather Dillon ( for information about the EPIC Bootcamp scholarship.

Registration Deadline: July 18, 2019

Cancellation policy: The last day to cancel your registration for a refund is the week before the first day of the Bootcamp. If you cancel your registration after that date, the index you used for registration will still be charged the registration fee. For questions about the cancellation policy, please contact Heather Dillon at

See 2018 schedule for more information.


Inaugural event on January 26 and 27, 2017 received excellent evaluations. 

See infographic of evaluations from January 2018 event and 2018 flyer for more information.

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